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new music: future-hop veteran giovanni marks updates hip-hop with new wave sensibilities on two new releases

August 28, 2015

If you had read my posts by now, you’d gather that my favorite kinds of hip-hop is the type that constantly challenges the popular notion of what hip-hop is supposed to sound like. Whether they mix genres, do something new with cadence, or what have you, nothing keeps me listening like hip-hop with something fresh attached to it. And no one had brought that to me more consistently than Giovanni Marks. If you were to ask me, I’d say that if you didn’t look at the mainstream, hip-hop was in a really good place. We had albums that explored agoraphobia and depression (Earl Sweatshirt), politics and its effect on citizens (Heems), and even overall effects of the status quo on its victims i.e. Ferguson (OG Maco’s Breathe). Hip-Hop futurist/proud nerd Giovanni Marks has released countless projects (rumored to be around twenty projects, including his collaborations with Thavius Beck and Mum’s The Word) that could be added to hip-hop’s diverse portfolio. Each one of those you question what hip-hop is supposed to sound like. He has done that once again with BITC_FUC and Park Ravens

By Lightning Pill, AFROPUNK Contributor . 
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BITC_FUC is a beat tape filled with ideas that sound as much like electronic sketches, as they do hip-hop ideas. Think of it as beats made by a synthpunk musician on a dare. For example, “25 beepeeium” beeps and ticks its way through the dor like a sci-fi montage. After that, “intake” breaks it up with a beat that doubles as an intergalactic dance track, until it eventually mutates into something else entirely before your ears. He even dips his finger into footwork music, and somehow still manages to make it sound more out-of-this-world than it already has (“mill street blues”). BITC_FUC might function as it’s own beat tape, but if you are a beatmaker, it’s another piece of inspiration for you to be able to step out of your comfort zone. Did I mention that he also flirts with differing time signatures (the 5/4 time signature in “Twentywhich”)?

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Then comes Park Ravens, which is like a float through the mind through Giovanni’s mind from the Quasimoto-referencing “c’mon feet (TELLING & RUNNING)” to the hyperspacious “games theory”. But it isn’t until the anxiety-ridden “untitled #36”, where Marks tackles trying to suppress negative feelings with more positive ones. Especially when he meditates ‘I sometimes think I’m the talk of the town, but I might not like what they talk about’. Though Park Ravens is supposed to be Giovanni Marks rapping with a few of his friends (plus either a re-do or a third entry within his “glacier MODE” series), this is merely two more entries within the same year where Giovanni Marks stunningly blends synthpunk, lo-fi, and hip-hop in ways that’ll make some enjoy the results and others try and figure out where one ends and the other begins. 
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You can find both the new releases, along with his other stuff at getcrevlabs.com

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